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Constant Headaches

I have had migraines since I was 16 (1985-6) when I had a mental breakdown.  At the onset, I was having them nearly every day and they would last a few hours to a few days.  After about 4 months, they gradually became fewer and farther between.  I would have 2-6 a year after that until August 26, 2011.  I had never heard of silent migraines, I just kept taking my anti depressants, and dealt with it.  It wasn't "life threatening", or so I thought.  On August 26 th, 2011 I had a silent migraine (unknowingly) that resulted in a TIA Stroke.  The stroke landed me in the hospital, where i discovered that it had been caused by a silent migraine,  Since that day i have had 3 simultaneus, coexisting headaches that are constant, and a shooting cluster-type headache that hits when it feels like it. Recently, I have developed a weird spasm inside one of the constant headaches that goes straight through the middle of my brain from left to right.  It feels like a twitch or muscle spasm. Sometimes it hurts, I think when it aggrevates the pre-existing headache, but usually just dizziness, nausea that remind me of a needle pricking a nerve that doesn't cause local pain but causes a similar reaction.  I'm not sure what my question is, except "What the HELL is wrong with me!?!  The original MRI in 2011 for the stroke is the only time anyone has looked at my head.  I have been refusing narcotics, but am living with a level of pain that gives me about 7 scattered hours a day of functionality.  I am now on disability and have only state medicaid, so, yeah, no one really cares what is wrong with my head. I am single,  43, mother of 6, grandmother of 4.  I am rather accustomed to working, making a decent living and supporting myself and my family.  I have lost my career, my home, my car, my driving ability, some memory, grandchildren spending the night, teaching Sunday School. I just want my life back.
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Thank you for your reply. I will share this with my doctor. I do know it is not the blood pressure, or ear infections, or anything that would show up on the MRI.  This all started THE DAY of the stroke, which is why they have ruled out alot of traditional causes. I have not heard "migraine attack" so I am not sure if this is something they have considered, but be sure I will find out. And as we explore this, I will try to keep you posted, in the event the information could help someone else.
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I am sorry to hear that you are in so much pain. The MRI you had earlier would show whether there was a brain lesion that should be monitored. If not, the present symptoms can be due to pinched nerve in the neck, high blood pressure, clots in carotids, TMJ, dental pain, ear infections etc. It can also be migraine attack. I am sorry, but a more conclusive diagnosis is not possible. You can discuss these possibilities with a doctor who can examine you. Whether you need a MRI of brain/neck or you need dopplar studies for carotids or BP monitoring or treatment for migraine or a dental or ENT check up can only be ascertained after a doctor has examined you regarding these possibilities. Take care!

The medical advice given should not be considered a substitute for medical care provided by a doctor who can examine you. The advice may not be completely correct for you as the doctor cannot examine you and does not know your complete medical history. Hence this reply to your post should only be considered as a guiding line and you must consult your doctor at the earliest for your medical problem.
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